Barking and Dagenham Against the Cuts is a group of people living and/ or working locally who want to see a better borough, not coalition government cuts.
WE WANT TO:
- Defend the NHS, no back-door privatisation
- Defend council housing, no forced evictions, repeal “right to buy” legislation
- Defend jobs, benefits and pensions, no redundancies, no cuts in benefits and pensions
- Defend multiculturalism – no racist thugs on the streets
- Defend education – reinstate “Building schools for the future” policy
- Defend culture – re-open the Broadway theatre
IN THE PAST:
- The Ford Dagenham factory was the biggest in Europe, with fifty thousand jobs
- The Becontree housing estate was the biggest council estate in Europe
- Barking had its own multi-storey hospital block at Upney
- Fords Dagenham machinists pioneered equal pay for women workers
BUT NOW (according to council report):
Barking is one of the four London boroughs with the highest number of…
- Low paid workers living and working in the borough
- Working-age people with limiting long-standing illness, including industrial injury
- Working-age benefit recipients
- The Care Quality Commission complained that the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospital Trust had poor patient care and financial problems.
- Two young mothers died in childbirth at Queens Hospital in 2011
- There are around twelve thousand people on the council housing waiting list
- Rents on private accommodation are unaffordable for people on benefits
- The Ford factory was once the biggest factory in Europe, but now employs only about a tenth of the previous workforce
- The Remploy Factory for disabled workers at Long Reach Road is to be closed.